USA Gymnastics has selected the sites for the three 2018 Junior Olympic championship events for women's gymnastics: U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships, Cincinnati, Ohio; Junior Olympic Level 9 Eastern Championships, Rochester N.Y.; and Junior Olympic Level 9 Western Championships, Salt Lake City, Utah. The Junior Olympics is USA Gymnastics' age-group, developmental program, and these three events feature the country's top female gymnasts for Levels 9 and 10.
“The level of talent in our Junior Olympic program is at an all-time high, and I am confident these three communities will provide an exceptional experience for both athletes and fans,” said Rhonda Faehn, senior vice president of women's program for USA Gymnastics, in a release.
The U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships is the culmination of the competitive season for Level 10, the highest Junior Olympic skill level that is just below the elite level. The Eastern and Western Championships serve as the pinnacle for Level 9. More details for each of the championship events are outlined below.
Numerous Junior Olympic champions and medalists have gone on to make the U.S. National Team and represent the United States in international competition and/or to compete in collegiate gymnastics. Many of the country’s top gymnasts are former participants in the Junior Olympic program, including the 2016 Olympic gold-medal winning Final Five (Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian, and Aly Raisman), 2012 Olympic team champions Jordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross, 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin and 2008 Olympic balance beam champion Shawn Johnson, to name a few.
Junior Olympic Level 9 Eastern and Western Championships
Slated for May 3-6, the Eastern and Western Championships are the competitive season's finale and feature the best gymnasts in the country for Level 9. The 2018 Junior Olympic Level 9 Eastern Championships are headed to Gordon Fieldhouse at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Junior Olympic Level 9 Western Championships go to the South Towne Expo Center.
“We are pleased to have the Junior Olympic Level 9 Western Championships here in Salt Lake City,” said Jeff Robbins, president and chief executive officer of the Utah Sports Commission. “Utah has a tremendous following with an active and robust gymnastic community. This event will continue to build upon Utah’s Olympic Legacy and enhance our positioning in the Olympic movement.”
The Western Championships, which feature 16 age divisions determined by birthdate, will be hosted by Performance Plus Events, Visit Salt Lake, and the Utah Sports Commission. The Level 9 Western Championships showcases the top gymnasts from Regions 1-4. The states that comprise each region are: Region 1 -- Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah; Region 2 - Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington; Region 3 - Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming; and Region 4 - Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin.
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